Over the last eight years, synthetic turf manufacturer and FIFA preferred producer Act Global has installed 100 FIFA Certified pitches to six continents.
The company certified its 100th pitch in early 2014 at Kuala Lumpur Football Association in Malaysia, the same year the business celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Certified pitches are based on the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf, which provides guidelines for artificial turf. Its parameters were developed from testing and medical research to mimic the playability, safety and performance of a top natural grass pitch. An artificial turf system can earn a FIFA Recommended Certificate through lab and field testing.
“We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our staff and installation partners around the world,” says John Baize, co-owner and director of Act Global. “Through this network, we have delivered world-class pitches to all types of environments, from top international stadiums to community clubs in developing countries.”
Chris Clapham, co-owner and director of Act Global, says the company has seen an increased market demand for FIFA quality installations.
“It assures a buyer they are receiving a field benchmarked to top safety and performance guidelines. We will continue to promote the FIFA Quality Concept as an excellent global standard for selecting a synthetic turf system,” Clapham says.
Act Global began its relationship with FIFA in 2006, when the company became a FIFA Licensee for Football Turf to obtain certification for installations following independent field testing.
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